Medical Student Awards

The Nashville Academy of Medicine presents two awards annually to graduating medical student members for achievement in education, leadership, and civic involvement, and exemplary character and leadership.  These awards are given in memory of two exceptional physician leader members of the Academy.  

Dr. Dorothy Lavinia Brown Award

This award is presented by the Nashville Academy of Medicine in recognition of the service and contribution of ­­­­­­­Dorothy Lavinia Brown, MD, as a member of the Academy and a leading physician and teacher of physicians.  It also honors the quality of medical leadership in Nashville and the commitment to partner with physicians of the future.  As Dr. Brown taught at Meharry Medical College, this award is given to a graduating medical student from Meharry in her memory.  For achievement in education, leadership, and civic involvement, the Dorothy Lavinia Brown Award is presented to the graduating medical student who has an understanding and appreciation for such endeavors, and who demonstrates exemplary character and leadership.

  • 2020 – Dr. Mariel Watkins
  • 2021 – Dr. Alexis Hood

Dr. Tom Nesbitt Award

This award is presented by the Nashville Academy of Medicine in recognition of the service and contribu­tion of Tom Nesbitt, M.D., as a member of the Academy and 133rd president of the American Medical Association. It also honors the quality of medical leadership in Nashville, as evidenced through the eight AMA presidents elected from the Nashville Academy of Medicine, the most of any county in the country.  As Dr. Nesbitt taught at Vanderbilt, this award is given to a graduating medical student from Vanderbilt in his honor.  For achievement in education, socio-economic, and legislative affairs, the Tom Nesbitt Award is presented to the graduating medical student who has an understanding and appreciation for such endeavors, and who demonstrates exemplary character and leadership.

  • 1997 Dr. Nancy Rosenstein
  • 1998 Dr. Christoper Scott Calhoun
  • 1999 Dr. Elizabeth P. Cartwright
  • 2000 Dr. Charles J. Wray
  • 2001 Dr. Yasmine S. Ali
  • 2002 Dr. Margaret McCullough Benningfield
  • 2004 Dr. Oliver Lau
  • 2005 Dr. Lesley French
  • 2006 Drs. Manish Shah and Sanmit Basu
  • 2007 Dr. Kathryn Clabo
  • 2008 Dr. Roxanne Wadia
  • 2009 Dr. Brian Harris
  • 2011 Dr. James “Matthew” Kynes
  • 2012 Dr. Alon Peltz
  • 2013 Dr. Jake McClure
  • 2014 Dr. Ilana Stol
  • 2015 Dr. Kristen Eckstrand
  • 2016 Dr. Ashlee Hurff Arteaga
  • 2017 Drs. Samantha Jeane Gridley and Jason Singer
  • 2018 Dr. Monisha Bhatia
  • 2019 Dr. Glenn Harris
  • 2020 Dr. Varun Menon
  • 2021 Dr. Daniel Pereira

There is no application form for these awards.  Recipients are selected from among the engaged graduating medical student members of the Nashville Academy of Medicine for their achievements in education and civic engagement as well as their exemplary character and leadership.   These awards are presented at the time of commencement or Class Day at each medical school, upon the time when the medical students earn their M.D. degree.

 

Medical Student Award Sponsor:
Thank you to Burke Financial Group, a long-time financial partner of the Nashville Academy of Medicine, for sponsoring these awards. 
Burke Financial Group is an independent sponsor with no involvement on the decision of award recipients. 

 

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